Brampton,Ontario, Dec. 09, 2007
After Harnek Sidhu's death, one more death of Amarjit Narwal,
42 was reported to Toronro Star by Narwal's cousin, Inderjit Nijjar.
Inderjit told reporters that Narwal, who had suffered a stroke,
was taken to emergency at
More than 5000 residents (mostly NRIs) , marched a one-kilometre
route along Queen St. E, in the freezing weather from the Rose
Theatre to the old Peel Memorial Hospital site -Click for bigger
Brampton Civic by ambulance from Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga.
Narwal was put on blood thinning medication, but slipped into
a coma and died less than 24 hours after being admitted to Brampton
"He died because of the lack of doctors.....Full
NRI, 52 died, due to negligence
of Canadian Hospital-
Is Canadian health system
in danger of collapse?
Brampton,Ontario, Dec. 05, 2007
Sampuran Benet/ Dr. Santosh Kumari/Gary Singh, LA
In USA, there are over 31 million uninsured people but keep in
mind if they go to hospital under any emergency, they are looked
after immediately. Later on hospital can collect bills from them
if they have. If person has no money, bills will be looked after
Canadian doctors are on the verge of moving to the United States
because, "an awful lot" of them are "totally frustrated"
by red tape, waits for hospital beds, and paltry government-regulated
pay increases. We conclude that this country's national health
system is in danger of collapse.
NRI nurse, Sukhpal from Toronto said that "Canada's health
care system ... is in real jeopardy." For years, she asserted,
emergency rooms have been so overcrowded that patients frequently
line the corridors awaiting treatment. Hospitals in Ontario, Alberta,
Newfoundlan and other States squeezed by funding cuts, have eliminated
beds while some facilities and are struggling to replace costly
equipment that is either failing or outdated. There is great sense
of frustration, fear and anger seems to have pervaded the health-care
system. Most of the people may have access to health insurance,
more of them are finding it difficult to get access to medical
The Canadian Govt. only concern about 'free' health care and
the resulting cost escalation, they resort to capping total health
spending. These caps in turn limit ability of providers to deliver
medical services, resulting in shortages and waiting lists. It
is estimated, there is a waiting list:
- coronary artery bypass; 30 weeks, hand surgery, 16 weeks;
colonoscopy, 9 weeks; hernia repair, 30 weeks; weeks; cataract
removal, 18.2 weeks; open heart surgery, 24 weeks.......
August 22, 2007, on Wednesday’s "Good Morning America,"
anchor Chris Cuomo completely glossed over the health care implications
of a Canadian mother giving birth to quadruplets in America and
not her home country. According to Cuomo, Karen Jepp and her husband,
the new parents of identical quadruplets, had to be flown 300
miles from Calgary to Montana on August 16, because "every
neo-natal unit in their country was too crowded to handle four
NRI Harnek Sidhu, 52 went to emergency with
stomach pains at Brampton Civic Hospital just a week after it
opened on Oct. 28. According to the sidhu family, it took 12 hours
before he was assigned a bed and after 10 days he died of pancreatitis.
They just don't have any staff there. Had we known any of this
earlier, we would not have gone there. Sidhu family is consulting
a lawyer on whether to proceed with a lawsuit.
The hospital was started with public-private partnership that
built the $550 million facility. Last year in July, Brampton's
large Punjabi community had raised nearly $4 million toward its
$10 million goal of donations for this hospital following which
the emergency department at the newly-opened BCH had been named
Nanak Dev . Interestingly, Sidhu's family, which had also
contributed $25,000 to this hospital
According to Local Paper Star, "Their main focus is not
to help patients. They just want them in and out. ANIMALS TAKEN
TO THE VET GET BETTER TREATMENT THAN THIS HOSPITAL" Mr. Sandeep
Sidhu the son of the deceased said.
Health Minister George Smitherman declined to comment
but CEO Robert Richards said:
- He is dismayed by the family's angry stance and the furor
that subsequently erupted in the local Punjabi media and Brampton
Guardian, with other upset patients relating horror stories.
- He blames "organized elements" for whipping up a
P3 controversy with rumours and misinformation.
- There are absolutely no linkages between who finances a hospital
and what goes on within its walls. It's "absolute nonsense."
- The big benefit is it gets hospitals up and running faster.
It's never been a secret, the model under which this hospital
Controversy over the public-private partnership that
built the $550 million facility:
Now Brampton Civic Hospital has become a lightning rod for opposition
to so-called P3 projects, following a death the local Punjabi
community is blaming on understaffing. As Ontario's first "P3"
hospital, Brampton Civic is the fruit of a deal between the province
and a private consortium called The Healthcare Infrastructure
Company of Canada, which built it and holds a 25-year contract
to run parking, food services, portering, security, cleaning and
Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition, which won a four-year
court battle to get access to details of the deal said:
- The previous Conservative government, has led to a healthcare
"crisis" in Brampton. They're facing a huge funding
crunch and service cuts.
- The people of Brampton never asked to be guinea pigs in an
experiment about privatizing hospitals. They were misled every
step of the way about the nature of their new hospital and the
amount of public control there would be.
Kuldip Kular, MPP, re-elected from Bramalea - Gore
- Malton, now parliamentary health secretary, appeared on a Punjabi
radio talk show recently to urge calm.
Kular admits he doesn't know the "nitty gritty details"
of the deal, he said the Liberals took steps to ensure the hospital
would be fully publicly owned after 25 years, unlike the deal
the Tories signed: "It's just like having a house mortgaged."
Sampuran Benet, insurance business owner from Toronto reports
that according to the local media, NRI Punjabi community is very
up set a following a death of Mr. Sidhu.
He said, a Major Demonstration
to be held on December 09, 2007